The time management is also financial. In addition to myself, I am sure there are professionals in this forum who bill clients on an hourly basis and often work seven days per week. If you are billing $100+/hour, and have a choice of spending 2 hours cleaning dust from your wheels or using the same time to make money (particularly in this economy) the choice becomes obvious. The cost of new rotors, in the above case, equals one hour' work -- a very fair trade. (Imagine how great the fry chef at McDonalds would feel if he could get a set of rotors for an hous' work.)
I agree with you fundamentally on using OEM parts, but no matter what cleaning solution I used, the brake dust always won. And, in the aggregate, the cumulative cost of such materials costs about the same as a new set of rotors.
The squeal is more a factor of the pads' movement or vibration within the caliper, which will occur with any pad material. My Pagids went through their squeal phase in the beginning.
I would wager the creeping fade is more an issue of inadequate brake pedal pressure (to compensate for the harder pad material) than an inherent problem with the pads.
Curiously, these pads have the most bite when applying either feather-light pedal pressure, or pressing somewhat harder at normal street speeds. My ABS is activated under these conditions if the pavement is even marginally wet or sandy, which shows that the pads are doing their job in stopping the wheel.
However, in normal street driving, it feels I have hit a wall, so to speak, at pedal pressures that would drastically slow the car when I had my Pagid pads in. What I have to do is discipline myself to apply the extra bit of pedal pressure to compensate -- just as, when I first got my car, I had to discipline myself to apply more pressure to the stiff Mercedes accelerator pedal, in contrast to the "blow on me and I'll go" pedals in the Japanese and American cars I had driven previously. Now, because I am used to it, the pedal feels feather light. The same will happen with the brakes.
This is less work than dust mainenance and, on the plus side, forces me to be a more alert driver in situtations where alertness is important, i.e. stop and go, bumper-to-bumper traffic.
2001 E430 4matic
Gone but not Forgotten:
1995 E320, 252,xxx miles, Black/Grey
1989 260E, 223,00 miles, Black/Black
Last edited by EricSilver; 05-11-2003 at 03:45 PM.